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POSTED: June 4, 2010 10:15 a.m.
ATLANTA — State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said the Georgia Department of Labor will begin a series of workshops this week to help thousands of laid-off Georgia education employees transition into new careers. The first workshops are today and Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, Atlanta Airport Marriott, Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Macon State College and the Marietta campus of Chattahoochee Technical College. All workshops will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
“It’s critical that these teachers, administrators and school support personnel know what assistance is available to them in these unprecedented layoffs,” Thurmond said. “The Georgia Department of Labor is working closely with Georgia’s leading advocates for education personnel to ensure that the affected workers fully understand how to make the best use of the services to help them and their families through this difficult period.”
Laid-off workers will be briefed on how to file for unemployment insurance benefits and the range of support, re-employment, training and career transition services available at state and local levels.
The workshops are the result of an initiative between the Georgia Department of Labor, the Georgia Association of Educators, the Georgia Federation of Teachers and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators to launch a statewide effort to provide assistance to affected personnel.
The June 11-12 workshops will be in Dallas at the Paulding Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College and in Dalton at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. On Saturday, June 19, an additional workshop will be held in Savannah at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. These workshops also will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Plans also are under way to establish permanent transition centers across the state to offer a comprehensive array of employment-related information, resources and services. The department and partner agencies will help with securing employment, retooling skills or going back to school. State and federal financial resources are available for education, training, job search and related expenses.
 

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